Zuda shut down, part 2: Creator responses
Dave Harper of Multiversity Comics posts some of the reactions from a few of the Zuda creators (David Gallaher, Peter Timony, Caanan Grall, Brock Heasley, James Fosdike, Niki Smith) upon hearing the news of Zuda’s demise. (h/t Robot 6) David Gallaher (High Moon, reviewed here) and Brock Heasley (Monsterplex, the non-Zuda SuperFogeys which was reviewed here) have posted on this site in the past, making their accounts of the matters somewhat personal.
Gallaher is more collected, since High Moon has established a bit of a name for itself.
David Gallaher: Zuda lives on – both as an imprint — and as a community of innovation professionals that embrace ‘no fear’. For aspiring professionals and the industry as a whole I think it should be q wake up call to not hold back with your art and storytelling. Be bold, be fearless — find like-minded creators and go forward!
On a personal note, I’ve always wanted to read the entirety of High Moon at some point. Looks like I’ll have to wait to get an iPad.
Brock’s reaction, on the other hand, is rather pained. He’d just won a contract February of this year, and he’s now considering talking to DC to get the rights to Monsterplex back.
Brock Heasley (writer of February 2010’s winner Monsterplex): I felt like I’d been kicked by a mule. I got word via official email (like the rest of the dispatched creators) about a half hour before the rest of the world found out and it was…not what I was hoping for. I mean, I’d be lying if I said that it was completely unexpected. I had my suspicions something was coming after the competitions were shut down in April, but to shut us down so completely before we even got a chance to produce more pages (Monsterplex won the February competition and had been in a holding pattern since then), that’s what really stung at first. I don’t expect the world to be fair, but by any reasonable estimation we got handed a raw deal. That said, we were luckier than most and I recognize that. We did win and that will always be so.
But for a lot of them, there was also an air of inevitability. While the news was surprising, the writing was already on the wall. To quote Mr. Heasley, “this is a sad day for webcomics.”